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Where do writers find their inspiration? As Ryan Van Winkle discovers in this edition of Bookmarked: pretty much anywhere, and not necessarily where you'd expect. Denise Mina found it in a commonplace object that nobody else wanted, spinning a Treasures tale
of surprising emotional depth around a battered tea tin that once belonged to her grandmother. For Damian Barr, author of Maggie and Me
, it was in memories so powerful he felt he needed to write the book 'or burst'. For her novel Bear Witness
, Mandy Haggith was inspired by nature, an ancient myth and the slow re-introduction of once-indigenous species.
Hear Mina read her Treasures story and talk about what tea means to her; learn how Margaret Thatcher and her policies impacted a young Barr (for better and for worse) and learn what makes bears so fascinating and so necessary to the world and why we should be welcoming them back to Scotland.
1:31 Denise Mina reads her Treasures story
12:00 Damian Barr interview
20:25 Mandy Haggith interview
Denise Mina's website
Mandy Haggith's website
Damian Barr on Twitter
Bookmarked is produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions. Music by Ragland.